Month: April 2013

Opinion – The Not So Ugly Side Of Transmedia

Transmedia can be an easy target. After all, there are so many terrible book and film adaptations in video games, and developers often have recourse to use cutscenes to tell the story, which highlights the difficulties of delivering a narrative in-game; Max Payne 3 received a lot of criticism for delivering a narrative too dependent on cutscenes. One

THQ Properties Sold To Gearbox, Nordic Games

Earlier today, THQ announced the outcomes of an auction it recently held for a number of its intellectual properties not put up for bid in its last major auction. Out of this, developer Gearbox Software purchased the Homeworld games, while the Swedish publisher Nordic Games purchased a number of  THQ’s properties, including Darksiders and Red Faction. THQ is set

New Game Plus Ep 50.1

This web exclusive ep sees a very tired looking Jason, and a pretty as always Kirsty, relaxing at Supanova Melbourne. There's an interview with DC Comics' Gail Simone, hosted by first timer Alice, and a look at Disney Infinite with John Day from Avalanche Studios. Finally, we have an exclusive contest for a special screening

Opinion – Stories Worth Fighting For

We are frequently debating about whether fighting games should have stories. After all, these are games that are primarily designed for competition or to be played with other people, single player is mostly treated as one of three things: Training for the online/multiplayer game, an afterthought, or the unnecessary focus of the game that takes

Nintendo Direct – 18/4/13 Report

After two months of being rather quiet, Nintendo held yet another one of their Nintendo Direct broadcasts – dedicated mostly to more 3DS announcements, yet with some good nuggets of news for WiiU owners. Last time, Nintendo head Satoru Iwata declared 2013 to be the Year of Luigi, announcing Mario Golf: World Tour, Mario &

"Make The Games You Want To Make"

Last month, ACMI hosted the panel Indie Development: Exploring The Fringe, one in a regular series of Re:Play panels organised by Freeplay. Over the night, independent game designer Farbs, developer and regular jam organiser Andrew Brophy and freelance artist Yangtian Li discussed their experiences with the indie gaming scene and some of the ways independent games are unlike

Sega Announce Castle of Illusion Remake

I’ll admit, growing up I wasn’t a Sega kid. I was firmly a Nintendo kid, because I didn’t want my games to sound like crap. We didn’t need no fancy add-ons to improve the gameplay experience either! But I do recall playing some Castle of Illusion (starring Mickey Mouse!) at my cousins place a few

Batman Arkham Origins & Arkham Origins Blackgate Announced

How time flies, eh? It’s been nearly two years since the acclaimed Batman Arkham City, and since then, we haven’t heard a peep out of developer Rocksteady. No hints as to what they’re working on, but plenty of rumours. Depending on who you believe, they’re either working on a Superman game, or a Batman game

New Game Plus – S02E14

This is it. Ep 50. And we saved some big titles for it, with reviews of Monster Hunter on 3DS and WiiU, Dead Or Alive 5 on Vita and Bioshock Infinite. WaR make an appearance, and the crew wax lyrical about the year behind us, and the one ahead. All this, plus more, on episode